Black Hole by Charles Burns

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Black Hole Read Online Free - Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the out-set that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.

As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it , or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself — the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape.

And then the murders start.

As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying, Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it- back when it wasn’t exactly cool to be a hippie anymore, but Bowie was still just a little too weird.

To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin…

Title : Black Hole
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ISBN : 037542380X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Jessica rated it ★★★☆☆

December 04, 2013

Well, the art was very lovely, and there were a lot of points at which I was like, "How does his brain manufacture this shit??" which is kind of the ultimate for art in one way, isn't it? But I do wish this had been around when I myself was a bad teenager, because I'm sure it would've affected me...

David rated it ★★★★★

July 04, 2017

Adolescence as Disease Charles Burns’s Black Hole is a strange and somewhat disturbing graphic novel depicting some teens engaging in drinking, smoking pot, and sexual acts. Ho hum, eh? It is also one of the best graphic novels and novels of any kind of the new century. If a “black hole” is the ef...

Nikki rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 26, 2011

ME: Everyone raves about this book. It’s one of like ten graphic novels everyone is supposed to read and love. Me: It looks creepy. ME: It’s creepy, but it’s also artsy and intellectual and a big metaphor about something important. Me: What’s the metaphor? ME: There’s a scary sexually transmitted dis...

Warwick rated it ★★★★☆

April 23, 2017

We watched Riverdale recently, The CW's newish series based on the Archie comics, and I found it a frustrating experience. It had all the elements that I normally love – namely, small-town America, murder, secrets and sexual tension among high-schoolers – and yet it didn't go nearly dark enough o...

Marissa rated it ★★★★☆

June 21, 2007

In truth, Black Hole should probably only rate three stars, but it's such an impressive effort and intriguing concept I'm giving it four. Stylistically, Burns' art is extremely intricate and has a very nice noir quality to it. I have a soft spot for any really well-done horror comic book. Like Ad...

Kathryn rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 29, 2011

I find myself wondering about the people who read this collection when the issues were first individually released. Did people truly devour each and every story? Were they so enthralled by the end that this collection needed to be compiled? Weren't people concerned about the lack of plot and reso...

MJ rated it ★★★★☆

April 22, 2012

I was caught up in that lamentable period of American cinema (has it stopped?) where implausibly attractive actors in their late twenties pretend to be nubile teenage virgins hiding from serial killers or participating in leery innuendo-laden unfunny antics with ex-sitcom stars. Oddly enough this...

Jack rated it ★★★★★

January 05, 2016

Charles Burns' Black Hole is not just one of the best graphic novels I've read in the past few years, it's one of the best novels period. Taking place in suburban Seattle in the 70's, and featuring rotating POV's of various high-school students, Burns' top-notch writing, characterization, and art...

Jason rated it ★★★★★

April 09, 2008

(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.) It's definitely true, that although I personally am a big fan of so-called "comic books for grown-u...

Darcy rated it ★★★☆☆

January 28, 2008

The "high school" story is pretty well established, and in many ways Black Hole doesn't deviate from the genre standards. Pair of star-crossed lovers? Check. The Nerdy vs. the Cool? Check. Drugs, alcohol, and awkward sex? Check. Teen angst directed mostly at the parents who ruin their lives? Well...

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